After polishing off one incredible waffle pizza at The Bald Strawberry Cafe in Melbourne, I was pointed a few paces down the strip mall where the cafe was located to their bakery.
That’s right: not only is the Bald Strawberry a 100% dedicated gluten-free cafe, they also have an adjacent bakery to satisfy all of your sweet tooth’s wildest dreams.
Once my initial amazement and delight washed over me, I set in to see what gluten and dairy free treats I could sample and try. I knew it would take some serious self-restraint to leave there without a car full of goodies given that I could only buy as much as would last me the day or two as I didn’t want to risk destroying the baked items in transit to Maryland.
The bread is perfectly spongy (as bread should be) and was not too dry or too dense. A nice crust borders the softer interior and bursts with delicious flavor as it is laden with onion, garlic, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and sea salt. Perfectly capturing the perfect “everything flavor” this bread won over me in mere seconds and I added a freshly baked half loaf to my order to stash in my suitcase. It keeps for several days refrigerated and can be frozen to extend the shelf life.
Needless to say, I left the Bald Strawberry highly impressed and with even greater enthusiasm for them. They not only “get” the intricacies of gluten-free dining but serve up fare that’s fresh, flavorful, and far better than the stereotypical cardboard gluten-free food that gives the diet a bad reputation. I look forward to tasting more of their offerings in the future and will make a point of ordering a loaf of Cuban bread to pick up next time as I haven’t had that variety of bread in over four years!
For more information on the The Bald Strawberry’s adjacent cafe, check out my review here.
Update 12/23/2015: On a return visit, I picked up a pumpkin pie (which I pre-ordered ahead of time) and a couple slices of cake. The pumpkin pie was amazing, with a divine pumpkin-y filling and delicate, sweet crust. Although I am loyal to my homemade pumpkin pies, The Bald Strawberry’s is pretty darn good if I do say so myself. The cake slices- a vanilla/vanilla slice and a chocolate cinnamon slice- were perfectly portioned and both impressively moist and cake-y. I am not a frosting person, but really enjoyed the frosting on both, but was a little disappointed in the lack of cinnamon I tasted in the chocolate.
The bakery is now open only on Friday-Sunday.
Cuisine: Gluten-free bread, cakes, desserts
Price: All items run less than $10 and average in the $3-$5 range. Custom orders may be more expensive.
Accessibility: Easily wheelchair accessible
Special Features: Call ahead for special orders. Bread and some baked goods can be shipped across the state and around the country; call to get more details.
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